Altera DC-DC Power Converter Solutions Improve System Power Efficiency by up
to 35 Percent while Reducing Board Area by up to 50 Percent
Introduction of New Power-Optimized FPGA Reference Designs Eases Development
of FPGA-based Systems
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 21, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:
ALTR) today announced four new reference designs that leverage the power
technology obtained through its acquisition of Enpirion®. The reference
designs provide FPGA users and board developers turnkey power solutions that
increase power efficiency by up to 35 percent, reduce board area by up to 50
percent, and reduce overall bill-of-material (BOM) bulk capacitance costs by
up to 50 percent versus competing power solutions. The Altera power-optimized
reference designs are offered to customers as downloadable design packages and
are demonstrated in hardware on Altera development kits. A design package
targeting Cyclone® V SoCs is available today for download, with additional
design packages targeting 28 nm FPGAs available later this quarter.
Altera power-optimized reference designs take advantage of Enpirion PowerSoC
DC-DC converters, which include integrated controllers, high-frequency power
FETs and inductors in the smallest thermally efficient package. The
ultra-small, high-performance components are optimized to deliver the
demanding dynamic performance required to power an FPGA, while fitting into
the smallest board area. Enpirion PowerSoCs enable FPGA board developers to
simultaneously reduce power converter area by up to 50 percent, while
improving system power efficiency by up to 35 percent. Supplying both
industry-leading FPGA solutions and innovative power solutions enable Altera
to work with its customers to rapidly develop FPGA-based systems that
efficiently manage system power and performance with assured reliability.
The Altera power-optimized reference designs offer significant productivity
benefits to design teams. Altera optimized the board layout and provides
customers detailed schematics that make it easy for board developers to
evaluate and integrate power-optimized technology into their FPGA-based
system. The reference designs are available as downloadable design packages,
which have been tested by Altera to optimally work with its FPGAs and SoCs.
Each design package contains the schematics for the FPGA's power circuits,
application notes, bill-of-materials list, power tree layout guidelines and
Gerber files for individual power components. This information simplifies
board layout, speeds design cycles and ensures board developers achieve
The first power reference design available for download targets the low-power,
low-cost Cyclone V SoC, which integrate an ARM® Cortex™ A9 processor system
into a 28 nm FPGA. Power reference designs targeting the Stratix® V, Arria® V
and Cyclone V FPGAs will be available later this quarter. Altera will
demonstrate its power-optimized technology in hardware on four 28 nm
development kits – the Stratix V GX FPGA development kit, Arria V GT FPGA
development kit, the Cyclone V GX FPGA development kit and Cyclone V SX SoC
development kit. These boards integrate Altera power solutions and demonstrate
the capabilities, functionality, power efficiency and board area savings of
the Altera power-optimized technology.
"Power is an increasing challenge for our customers," said Mark Davidson,
marketing director of the power business unit at Altera. "Altera has answered
our customers' calls by providing complete, easy-to-use, highly-efficient
power solutions that are engineered to work alongside our industry-leading
FPGA devices. With these solutions we are delivering more value to our
customers by helping them build better systems in less time."
Customers can get started today evaluating and integrating Altera's power
system solutions into their FPGA-based board. A design package targeting
Cyclone V SoCs is available now for download. Additional power reference
designs will be available later this quarter. Customers can sign up to receive
information regarding availability of FPGA development kits that feature
Enpirion PowerSoC technology at http://www.altera.com/fpgapower. Additional
information regarding Altera's power products can be found at
www.altera.com/enpirion or by contacting your local Altera sales
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aspower management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.
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